According to Adam Schefter, the Broncos wide receiver will get an involuntary four-game break to recover from his concussions due to a positive test for amphetamines — a banned substance. However, the suspension might actually be incorrect if the following report from NBC’s Pro Football Talk is true.
It’d be a first offense (stage one violation), and under the league substance abuse policy constitutes a fine in the amount of 3/17 of a player’s base salary, not a suspension.
Source: Welker took Molly at the Kentucky Derby. It had been cut with amphetamines. Same situation as Orlando Scandrick.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 2, 2014
Makes sense considering he was handing out $100 bills at the Derby back in May, after wining $14,000 due to a clerical error. Objectively speaking, that day must have been fun as hell. We’ll update you as details emerge.
Wes Welker just handed everyone $100. pic.twitter.com/mtU9eOMonx
— Jeff Novak II (@Jeff_Novak) May 3, 2014
Wes Welker suspended for use of amphetamines, allegedly at the Kentucky Derby pic.twitter.com/SCLA5y8T1F
— You'reFromBoston (@UrFromBoston) September 2, 2014
UPDATE: Wes Welker appealed his suspension two weeks ago in Washington D.C. before the league came down with their decision on Tuesday to uphold his suspension. That means he’ll be out Week 1 against Indianapolis and won’t return until Week 6 (Broncos have a Week 4 bye). Here’s a letter he sent to the Denver Post:
“I’m as shocked as everyone at todays news,” Welker said. “I want to make one thing abundantly clear: I would NEVER knowingly take a substance to gain a competitive advantage in any way. Anyone who has ever played a down with me, lifted a weight with me, even eaten a meal with me, knows that I focus purely on what I put in my body and on the hard work I put in year round to perform at the highest levels year-in and year-out.
“I want any youth football players and all sports fans to know, there are NO shortcuts to success, and nothing but hard work and studying, leads to success.
“I have never been concerned with the leagues performance enhancing or drug abuse policies because under no scenario would they ever apply to me, but I now know, that (drug-policy procedures) are clearly flawed, and I will do everything in my power to ensure they are corrected, so other individuals and teams aren’t negatively affected so rashly like this.
“I have worked my whole life to be the best that I can be, and I have encountered many obstacles over my career, and THIS WILL BE NO DIFFERENT!
“Thank you for the outpouring of support, and I want Bronco nation to know, that no one and no thing will get in the way of our goal as a team, to bring Mr. Bowlen the trophy he and this great region deserve.”